Steele spoils Upsher’s comeback bid

Fighting Marine Jonathan Steele, On Two Weeks Notice, Stops Steve Chambers in Upset

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat media Boxing Correspondent

With only two weeks notice, Jonathan Steele, the 8-1-1 welterweight out of Dallas, Texas, known as ‘The Fighting Marine’ scored a major upset on May 19, 2018, at Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington, stopping favored Steve Upsher Chambers after five rounds of a scheduled eight. Chambers, taking a beating, gave up on his stool in the corner between rounds. Both fighters had their opponents pull out before their scheduled bouts and chose this bout to stay busy. For Chambers, the loss probably will mean retirement.

Out of the ring three years since losing to Ashely Theophane, Chambers has lost five of his last six bouts, since winning a six round decision over Manuel Guzman in 2012, losing to the likes of Luis Collazo, Eddie Gomez, Andre Berto, Theophane, and now Steele. Chambers recorded his last win in May 2015 in Philadelphia over Alejandro Rodriguez.

Chambers fought Steele as blubbery junior middleweight. Chambers recorded his last win at junior welterweight, and all of his wins were at 140 and 147 pounds except for the Guzman bout. Chambers, a 25 win fighter, fell to 25-6-1. He is the younger brother of onetime heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania– “Right idea, wrong fight”, those were the words of Dallas welterweight, Jonathan Steele who gained his 8th victory as a professional on WFC 87 at Meadows Racetrack and Casino. Steele, who entered the ring on Saturday with 9 fights under his belt squared off against the seasoned veteran, Steven Upsher, 25-5-1(6kos), who was attempting a comeback bid in front of his hometown crowd.

Steele dominated the fight from the opening bell, banging Upsher to the body, which ultimately led to the 31 fight veteran to quit in the 5th round of their scheduled 8 round bout. 

“We took the fight on a two week notice. My initial fight on May 18th was canceled, and Upsher’s opponent pulled out at the last minute. I didn’t care what his record was, or who he fought. I knew he had never faced a guy like me before.” Steele added.

The 27-year old former United States Marine is managed by Dallas based boxing manager, Adrian Clark.




Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at